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Collections & departments Department of Egyptian Antiquities
The Department of Egyptian Antiquities presents vestiges from the civilizations that developed in the Nile Valley from the late prehistoric era (c. 4000 BC) to the Christian period (4th century AD).
The department and its research team
The Louvre houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities after the Cairo Museum. It is also one of the best balanced of the world’s great collections (Turin, Berlin, British Museum, Met, Boston, etc.), with masterpieces from every period. Highlights include sarcophagi and papyrus scrolls, steles and other stone works, and bronzes.
The department’s curatorial team comprises:
- six curators for the Pharaonic section (about 50,000 works);
- one curator for the Roman section (about 4,500 works);
- two curators for the Coptic section (about 13,000 works).
Several members of the scientific team (one research scientist, two research assistants, five information research specialists, one scientific associate, and two scientific information specialists) are actively involved in scientific reports and publications within the department.
Documentation is an integral part of the department’s scientific projects, and the documentation staff has a thorough knowledge of Egyptology.
The department’s curators are jointly responsible for the study and preservation of the collection, and the researchers tend to be versatile generalists, each with a specialty area. Nonetheless, their combined areas of expertise cannot provide a comprehensive coverage of Egyptology, and due to the size and scope of the collection, it cannot be covered in its every aspect, at any one time, by the Louvre’s experts.
The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.